Situated on the north side of the mighty Burdekin River, 85 kilometres south of Townsville, the prosperous rural community of Ayr is the main town in the Burdekin Shire.

This is prime sugar country, with about 80,000 hectares of land under sugar cane, and an annual production of about 1.25 million tonnes of raw sugar. The district also contributes one-third of the nation's mango harvest and is a major producer of melons and many other fruit and vegetable varieties.

Nearby is Alva Beach, offering miles of unspoilt sandy coastline and is a popular spot for beach fishing, birdwatching and windsurfing. It's also a close launching point for a dive tour to the world famous dive wreck, the 'SS Yongala'. Yongala is Australia’s largest and most intact historic shipwreck and gives you the opportunity to come face to face with the charismatic mega marine life of the world heritage Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

The Burdekin sits on a vast natural aquifer which is artificially replenished with water from the Burdekin River. A rich network of creeks and mangrove lined estuaries make the area a mecca for fishing and crabbing. The Burdekin is a known hotspot for fighting fish, the barramundi, as well as estuary species such as mangrove jack and trevally.

The surrounding wetlands offer excellent birdwatching opportunities, with over 280 species being recorded in the area. This includes the cotton pygmy-goose, which is listed as endangered in New South Wales.

The spectacular Burdekin River Bridge is the district's best known landmark and is the longest crossing of its type in the country. Known as the Silver Link, it is the only bridge in Australia built without a firm foothold.

Ayr
Ayr, Burdekin Area
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Rip Curl Grom Search

Coolum Beach, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
11 – 15 December 2017
The Rip Curl GromSearch is a worldwide series of events designed for grommets. The GromSearch Series runs in 10 different countries with over 5,000 competitors worldwide. The Australian series is made up of five events as well as a National final.

Noosa Summer Swim Festival

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
From AU$19.50 - 64.50
3 – 4 February 2018
The Noosa Summer Swim, Presented by Milk and Co, is a bucket list event for any keen ocean swimmer. In 2018, the festival offers a range of distances for every ability, from junior events to a new five kilometre marathon distance where seasoned swimmers can push their limits.

Laguna Real Estate Noosa Festival of Surfing

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
Free Entry
3 March 2018
Now in its twenty-seventh year, the Noosa Festival of Surfing has firmly established itself as the leading surf cultural event in the world. It is also the biggest surfing event in the world by competitor numbers (more than 900 entries from 20 regions in 2017).

Ultraman Australia

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
Free Entry
12 – 14 May 2018
Ultraman Australia is a multi day ultra distance triathlon. The event runs over three days and consists of a 10 kilometre swim and 145 kilometre bike ride on day one. On day two there will be a 276 kilometre bike ride and on day three there will be a 84.

Noosa Food and Wine Festival

Sunshine Coast Area
17 – 20 May 2018
Celebrate great Australian food, wine and lifestyle in one of Australia's leading food destinations, Noosa. They're excited to bring back some great events including tipis on Noosa Main Beach, the Long Lunch on Hastings Street, Hinterland Food Trails, events in some of Noosa's favourite restaurants and an exciting Festival village!

Runaway Noosa Marathon

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
26 May 2018
Runaway Noosa Marathon will be as much about achieving your running goals as it is escaping to a weekend filled with sunshine and good times. Running social with a flat, fast and friendly multi-lap on road course that starts and finishes in the heart of Noosa township so you’re never far from fellow runners, supporters and the on-course entertainment.

Noosa Long Weekend presents Noosa Alive! 2018

Sunshine Coast Area
20 – 29 July 2018
Ten Incredible days and nights in one of the best festival locations imaginable! Presenting the Best of the Best in terms of artists, performers, authors, visual arts, film, food and fun! Their 2018 festival is already in the planning phase and promises something for all ages, tastes and price ranges.

Noosa Open Studios

Noosaville, Noosa Area
Free Entry
17 – 26 August 2018
Noosa Open Studios is a unique experience for creative and visual art lovers to engage with and view professional artists in their place and time of creativity. Over 50 artists and artisans in their personal studios in the Noosa region, from the trees to the sea, will be open to the public over ten days.

Noosa Jazz Party

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
From AU$40 - 140
24 August – 2 September 2018
The Noosa Jazz Party is on again in 2018 with 10 days of fabulous jazz, presented by Noosa Heads Jazz Club. The party starts with two concerts featuring The Australian Jazz Ensemble in conjunction with Noosa Chorale, at The J, Noosa Junction at 7 pm on Friday August 24 and at 2.

Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
31 October – 4 November 2018
Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival is a five-day hallmark event, based in Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland and includes a stacked line-up of events for all ages and abilities. The schedule includes a Breakfast Fun Run and a Run Swim Run event.
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